Gifts that Giveback – Positivity, People & Planet (Holiday Guide with Life is Good, Organic India, and Manduka)

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Gifts that Giveback – Positivity, People & Planet (Holiday Guide with Life is Good, Organic India, and Manduka)

Seasons Greetings! Share some goodness this holiday! Life is Good, ORGANIC INDIA and Manduka make giving feel even better:

Are you looking for gift this holiday season that give something back through the power of your purchase?  If so, this post is for you!  I’d like to introduce you to three companies that are making a difference and have some great products that also contribute back to the community through our purchasing power.
Life is Good is a lifestyle brand that is committed to spreading the power of optimism through their products.   Brothers Bert and John Jacobs credit their mom, Joan, for instilling a passion for life and optimism by asking her six kids each day, “Tell me something good that happened today“.  Over twenty years ago, the brothers spent five years creating their art through their t-shirts and spent their time traveling and living in their van and selling their “Life is Good” brand.  At one point, with only $78 dollars to their name, the brothers had considered giving up on their dream.  However, their idea that “Life is Good” was a re-occurring theme in their life and they created one powerful t-shirt with their logo that changed their lives forever.  It’s not only their lives that have changed, the Life is Good company has expanded with their clientele by sharing personal stories of triumph and donating back to the community in need.
The Life is Good holiday collection has something for everyone in your life from t-shirts, books, mugs and comfy pjs for men, women and children.  I really love their women’s long-sleeved crusher tee that has a simple pine cone illustration with the words, “Life is Good”.  Did you know that throughout the span of recorded human history, pinecones have served as a symbolic representation of Human Enlightenment, the Third Eye and the Pineal Gland?  The unassuming pinecone remarkably resembles the gland in the brand that is integral to the production of melatonin, a hormone that facilitates sleep.  The pinecone is actually associated with the holiday season as both the pinecone and the pineal gland are affected by light and in the winter months it is important to ‘seek light’ through ways like meditation so your mind (or inner pinecone, if you will) doesn’t just ‘close up’ during these long and often dark time in our year.  This is a perfect life for any of the women in your life, or a awesome personal present to give yourself a reminder to reflect, resurface and reaffirm your bodily presence.  Life is Good.  
Donations:  Life is Good donates 10% of their net proceeds to kids in need-that’s something to smile about. 
List Price: $ Holiday collection ($10-78)
Organic India


ORGANIC INDIA was formed in the 1990’s by a small group of people from different parts of the world who met in Lucknow, a town in northern India, where they had traveled to meet a teacher named Sri H.W.L. Poonja, or Papaji.  The people involved were in search of truth and self-realization, and were impressed by the simple teachings of Papaji: “Keep Quiet. The eternal truth exists within you. Do not entertain a single thought and the truth will reveal itself to itself.”  This idea became a movement as the Indian people began to cultivate and develop organic, biodynamic and sustainable farming methods. The founder’s mission is to offer safe, healthful products to the world is the driving force behind an organic revolution that is now occurring there.  ORGANIC INDIA works with thousands of family farmers in India, cultivating tens of thousands of acres of farmland that has been 3rd party certified organic through funding from ORGANIC INDIA.

ORGANIC INDIA works directly with marginalized farmers in India providing healthcare, education, gender equality and empowerment programs. 

ORGANIC INDIA’s Tulsi Tea Line are a USDA organic teas that are infused with a sacred Indian herb that is packed with yumminess in over 20 flavors.  Just a cup of the Tulsi tea is supposed to warm up the soul, lower stress, boost immunity and promote a health metabolism.  Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil, is a powerful herb that has been used for healing for centuries in India for its power to relieve stress and boost the body’s natural immune system.  A great tea for the holiday season is the ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi Cinnamon Rose Tea that has a delicate blend of Rama, Krishna and Vana Tulsi with Cinnamon, Cardamom, Rose Petals and Cassia make a harmonious, healing combination which inspires the senses.  The tea has a hint of sweetness that will warm your senses in addition to promoting markets that are certified organic, biodynamic, and ethically wildcrafted throughout India, the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Japan and Australia.
  • Stress relieving
  • Soothing & relaxing
  • Abundant in antioxidants
  • Powerful adaptogen
  • Uplifts mood
  • Caffeine & gluten free
  • USDA certified organic
  • 18 tea bags per box
  • GMO Free
  • Kosher & Halal certified
In the late 90’s, Peter Sterios, an architect turned yogi, discovered a simple, elegantly designed black mat whose combination of firm grip and complete support revolutionized his yoga practice. Peter chose the name Manduka in homage to his teacher and mentor, Shandor Remete, whose core practice and teaching always included the ancient Hatha Yoga Pradipika pose, Mandukasana or frog.  Manduka is now the leader of yoga gear based in California that has the most sustainable yoga gear for the fitness fanatic in your life ($4-128).
Manduka was founded by yogis on the simple idea that a better mat can make a world of difference. Their product line offers eco-conscious eKO mats, fully recyclable LiveON Mats for kids and adults, one-mat-for-life PRO Mat, yogitoes towels made from recycled plastic bottles, hbands headbands, bags, to props.  An awesome holiday gift is the Manduka inSight Eye Pillow that is used to restore your body in savasana or resting your eyes after a long day.  The inSight Eye Pillow allows you to soothe yourself into a deeper level of relaxation that is wonderful in the long winter months.  Manduka takes mindful gifting to another level.

So whether you are looking for gifts that are about Positivity, People or the Planet; Life is Good, ORGANIC INDIA, and Manduka offers a wide variety of products that make excellent holiday gifts that give back.  Have a wonderful holiday season and in the spirit of giving, be mindful that your purchasing power can go further if you take the time to look for products from companies that are not only creating, but donating their revenue to make the world a better place.  Season’s Greetings from Momma’s Bacon!



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